Game music of the day: Parasite Eve

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June 25, 2010

Game: Parasite Eve

Song: Somnia Memorias

Composer: Yoko Shimomura

Above: Somnia Memorias from Parasite Eve

Parasite Eve is one of my favorite games of all time, and the soundtrack is a big part of why I remember it so fondly.

Yoko Shimomura's compositions aren't just well-suited to the game; they also evoke their own powerful imagery. Theme of Aya sounds like the light reflected off a rain-wet NYC street in the dead of night, and Theme of Mitochrondria is pure primordial ooze. Today's selection, Somnia Memorias, brings these two contrasting worlds together. In it you can hear the sophistication of the big city mixed with the dampness of a rainforest brimming with mysterious life. It sounds delicate and deadly at the same time.

It may seem too obvious to pick the ending credits of a game as my favorite song, but nostaglia overrides all in this case. I remember running to the computer the second the credits finished rolling to frantically check if the ending song was available on Napster. It was, and I listened to it on repeat on my Aya Brea-skinned Winamp for like a month.

If you've never played Parasite Eve, I would argue that it's one of the few PS1 games that still totally holds up despite how admitted ugly the gameplay looks by today's standards. I guarantee if you watch this intro you'll have a hard time resisting buying it off Amazon RIGHT NOW:

Above: Dooooo ittttt


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  • whatthi - June 29, 2010 4:13 p.m.

    i LOVE Parasite Eve 1 (never really played the second one, and im still planning to play it as well too).. to me the PS1 era was the golden age, it was time where everything was fresh and invigorating, it was a golden time when we all are transitioning from 2D era to the 3D era.. it was amazing to experience that time, graphics (even though theyre bad compared to todays standard) we really did not mind it just as long as it has a compelling and engaging storyline and characters.. which i have felt this generation has been lacking, theres no sense of depth nowadays, its all flash and no heart.. back to my point..PE came in a perfect time in a perfect era, i hope the new PE for the PSP would make any justice to it
  • DrIntrigue - June 28, 2010 7:52 p.m.

    Agreed, loved this game and it's soundtrack.
  • JohnnyApplesperm - June 28, 2010 3:37 a.m.

    Never played this game, but after listening to this I'm now considering picking it up. Awesome GMotD! Captcha: "and babbling", sounds like me!
  • RebornKusabi - June 28, 2010 2:06 a.m.

    I know I already made a post, but I figured this would help the "comment count" of this article so I figured I would share this. I extremely rarely pay more than $15 for older games... but to show how much I love this series, I re-bought both games on Ebay for about $30 each... and then downloaded the PSN version of Parasite Eve as well!
  • Caio - June 27, 2010 12:43 p.m.

    PE was a great game, and so was the sequel. One of the game series I miss most, actually.
  • 510BrotherPanda - June 27, 2010 3:52 a.m.

    I never owned a Playstation, but I know Yoko Shimomura worked on Super Mario RPG, before the Playstation, and that soundtrack was pretty great, too. It's still one of my favorite Mario games, and I hope the game and soundtrack gets put on the 3DS and upgraded!
  • Metroidhunter32 - June 27, 2010 1:38 a.m.

    Parisite Eve is now on my buy list.
  • lovinmyps3 - June 26, 2010 11:11 p.m.

    That song was pretty cool. I never played Parasite Eve though, I was all about the N64 during that generation and never had a PS1.
  • Cyberninja - June 26, 2010 6:39 p.m.

    i will download it as soon as its on psn.
  • philipshaw - June 26, 2010 10:47 a.m.

    I always wanted to play that game but never got round to buying it but after hearing the soundtrack and seeing that intro video,I bought it off amazon
  • Modroneman - June 26, 2010 7:08 a.m.

    The Playstation was the very first console that I purchased myself, and along with that game I bought Parasite Eve! I still own my copy. I played this game to death. Loved every second of it!
  • kompressorlogik - June 26, 2010 5:30 a.m.

    I loved Parasite Eve! Plus, I still have my copy!
  • shyfonzie - June 26, 2010 5:22 a.m.

    joder, que melodia hermoso!
  • Darkhawk - June 26, 2010 4:07 a.m.

    I love PE! In fact, though I sold my copy as a kid after getting stuck on the Warehouse Crab boss, I recently went and bought another copy of the game, and played through it entirely. Unlike (I gather) many others here, I love the gameplay: the idea of pausing the action to manually target parts of an enemy's body was - and remains - very original.
  • JohnDagger - June 26, 2010 3:30 a.m.

    Great, now I have to make a music video to this...
  • paganpoet - June 26, 2010 2:28 a.m.

    La tierra sufria, sufria, sufria de verdad, hay que entender, entenderrrrr...oh man, I used to love this soundtrack as well. It was so perfect for the game.
  • Tenfey - June 26, 2010 2:15 a.m.

    Where's my 'Out of Phase'?
  • Sy87 - June 26, 2010 1:08 a.m.

    Yes, man I almost felt that I was the only one to really enjoy that game. I wish 3 would come out on a real system not psp. That ending song is my favorite. Plus Plosive Attack still gets me pumped.
  • RebornKusabi - June 26, 2010 12:30 a.m.

    Holy Mech-Christ is this one my most favorite games of all time! The amazing soundtrack, the insanely interesting story and even the incredibly realistic female protagonist are all reasons why I love this game! Best Music of the Day Evar!1

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